The Book of Mormon is the 9 time Tony Award winning Broadway smash hit from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as well as Avenue Q musical maestro, Robert Lopez. The Book of Mormon transfers to London in a blaze of holy glory and plays to packed out audiences each night. The story lovingly pokes fun at the Mormon faith as the plot follows two US missionaries sent out to Uganda to convert the Africans to their faith. The pair soon get to know the nitty gritty lives of the Ugandan people and both Mormons and Ugandan's have an unexpected profound effect each others lives. Songs such as "I am African" and "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" well have audience members rolling in the aisles with laughter! There is no denying that The Book of Mormon is controversial, but with a critically acclaimed original score for the show as well as a plethora of awards under it's belt, there is no doubting the shows credibility and success. Everybody seems to want a slice of the Mormon pie, so hurry and get your fill!
26 January 2015
2 May 2015
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
2 hours 30 minutes
The Book of Mormon is absolutely not suitable for children, in fact there couldn't really be a show less suitable for children! The show contains foul language, violence, adult and sexual content and is therefore categorically unsuitable for anyone under the age of 16.
C.J. Phipps built the Prince's Theatre, the first theatre venue on the site for actor-manager Edgar Bruce. The original building seated just over 1,000 people on three levels. It was renamed the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1886 after the future Edward VII.
In Town, one of the first English musical comedies opened
The first English musical comedy was performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Produced by George Edwardes, 'In Town' was written by Adrian Ross and James T Tanner, and was a backstage drama combined with society intrigue. It was similar in style to the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan but had the feel of a Victorian burlesque.
Edith Evans becomes the Theatre Manager
English actress Edith Evans became the manager of the venue, and turned it around to feature risqué Follies style revues. Shows such as 'Voila! Les Dames' and 'Encore les Dames' were very successful, and provided the theatre with enough money to refurbish.
The new Prince of Wales Theatre opens
The theatre was rebuilt to include more seats in a new Art Deco inspired style. It had a larger stage, with 1,100 seats and a 14 metre long bar. The venue was used as a home for musical comedies, revues and even cinema screenings, and Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' was shown despite being banned in Europe.
Do Re Mi opens
Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical had its original London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1961, running for 169 performances. It starred Max Bygraves, Maggie Fitzgibbon, Steve Arlen and Jan Waters.
On the Town opens at the Prince of Wales
Bernstein's 'On the Town' had its original London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre, but only ran for 63 performances. Due to the 60s cultural revolution in the UK, musicals were becoming less popular in the West End. The production was directed and choreographed by Joe Layton and starred Elliott Gould and Don McKay.
Funny Girl has its London premiere
Barbara Streisand made her West End debut in the London production of 'Funny Girl' which ran for 109 performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Lawrence Kasha directed the production which also featured Michael Craig, Kay Medford and Lee Allen. Striesand became pregnant during the run and was taken over by her understudy Lisa Shane. The show was later turned into a successful film, for which Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The original London production of Sweet Charity
Bob Fosse's production of the CY Coleman and Dorothy Fields musical 'Sweet Charity' transferred from Broadway to the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it played for 484 performances. Juliet Prowse starred as Charity Hope Valentine, alongside Rod McLennan and Josephine Blake. The show had a famous score which included 'If They Could See Me Now', 'The Rhythm of Life' and 'Big Spender'.
The original London production of Promises Promises
Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach's musical 'Promises, Promises' opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1967, running for 560 performances. Following the success of the Broadway production which was directed by Robert Moore and featured musical staging by Michael Bennett, the cast was led by Anthony Roberts and Betty Buckley. Donna McKechnie recreated the iconic 'Turkey Lurkey Time' dance in London.
The Theepenny Opera is revived at the Prince of Wales
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's dark musical 'The Threepenny Opera' originally opened in Germany in 1928. This new London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Feburary 1972 and was directed by Tony Richardson. Vanessa Redgrave starred as Polly Peachum, alongside Barbara Windsor as Lucy Brown.
Aspects of Love has its West End premiere
The first West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Aspects of Love' opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989 where it continued to play for 1,325 performances. Directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Gillian Lynne the original cast featured Ann Crumb, Michael Ball, Kevin Colson and Sarah Brightman. Roger Moore was originally scheduled to star as George, but left the production two weeks before opening. The song 'Love Changes Everything' became a chart success for Michael Ball.
Barry Manilow's Copacabana opens
Originally based on a TV musical, Barry Manilow's Copacabana expanded into a $3million stage show. Originally opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, it opened at the Prince of Wales in 1994 where it played for over two years. The production was directed by Roger Redfarn with choreography by Dorian Sanchez and had a cast which included Gary Wilmot, Nicola Dawn, Richard Lyndon, Anna Nicholas, Howard Attfield and Jenny Logan.
West Side Story London Revival opens
This revival production began life as a UK national tour in 1997. The production starred David Habbin as Tony, Kate Knight Adams as Maria and Anna Jane Casey as Anita. Due to its sucess on tour, it transferred to the Prince Edward Theatre, and later the Prince of Wales Theatre before embarking on a second UK tour.
The original production of Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize winning musical 'Rent' opened in 1998 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. This revival played two runs at the Prince of Wales, following successful UK regional productions. Adam Rickett starred as Mark in the Prince of Wales revival, alongside Caprice as Maureen.
The Witches of Eastwick Transfers
After opening originally at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Cameron Mackintosh's production of 'The Witches of Eastwick' downsized to the Prince of Wales Theatre after a year, where it continued for three more months. The original production was directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Bob Avian and Stephen Mear. Joanna Riding transferred with the production, reprising her role as Jane.
Cliff the Musical
This short lived production at the Prince of Wales was a jukebox tribute show based on the life of Sir Cliff Richard. Written by Mike Read and Trevor Payne, the show received exceptionally poor notices and ran for just over two months. Four different actors played the part of Cliff through the ages: Ricky Aron, Miles Guerrini, Jimmy Jemain and Mike Read.
Mamma Mia! opens at the Prince of Wales
The original London production of Mamma Mia! opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, but transferred to the Prince of Wales in 2004, before moving again to the Novello Theatre. This smash hit ABBA musical was directed by Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. It continued to be one of the most popular shows in the West End, performing to sell out crowds of tourists and ABBA fans from around the world.
The Book of Mormon opens
The eagerly anticipated London production of Broadway smash hit 'The Book of Mormon' opens at the Prince of Wales to sell out audiences. This audacious musical delighted and shocked audiences, with its original book and score penned by the creators of 'South Park'. The show quickly became one of the hottest tickets in town, with premium seats reaching £157, breaking West End records.